Naomi Watts will feel the chill of the Long Night for HBO.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tank Girl veteran will star in the cable channel’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. While still unnamed, the program will focus on the decline of the Age of Heroes and the arrival of the first Long Night as glimpsed in various passages of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. As HBO puts it, “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.”
Watts would seemingly be a natural fit for an Targaryean, but HBO will only confirm her character as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
The series, developed by Kick-Ass‘s Jane Goldman and Martin, was one of five potential series developed to keep the GoT flame alive after the flagship series ends next year. Reportedly, two of the possible projects have been discarded with the remaining two still in some form of development; though it remains to be seen if HBO will want two Ice and Fire shows at the same time. Goldman will serve as showrunner with Martin, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman and Jim Danger Gray also serving as executive producers. Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not involved as their next project will take them out of Westeros and into a galaxy far, far away.
Meanwhile, it is still unclear when Martin’s next Ice and Fire novel, The Winds of Winter, will be released.